2728 posts • joined 9 Jun 2009
Re: Desks should be clear anyway,...
I've always maintained that my desk remained perfectly clean underneath precisely because of the stuff on top.
Re: Unintended consequences
One question which rarely gets asked is; will this make me safer or put me more at risk of what I seek to protect myself from?
In the area where I live; having any identifiable security measures would be like putting a "rob this one" sign on the front of my house. It might be some deterrent to opportunists but an advert professionals would be very grateful for.
You must be new here. All you have to do to be safer is to give one to your neighbour :)
Re: Tortuga bound
Whilst there’s no crew to take hostage, there’s a big ship to loot (i.e. cargo!) with no-one getting in your way.
Not quite. The disadvantage of humans is that they are easily recognised, need a lot of armour to remain safe and may accidentally run into any anti-pirate booby traps themselves. Robots can take any shape, form and position, so with no humans around you could get quite creative with countermeasures.
Until someone invents robot pirates.
Re: "From which it follows that the docs were unclear. "
is this simply a case where Fred was the first to read the manuals, he wrote about it and didn't get it quite right then others have simply thought, "Sod reading the manuals, this looks OK.", tested it and it works.
Hang on, I'm not involved :)
(a) The number of years since I was that close to a CPU in programming is measured in decades and (b) it then involved a mere 8 bit chip.
I plead the Shaggy defense :)
Re: Business model
If it's intended to be a profit-making venture, then it will, sooner or later, betray you.
Nope. Some companies are still led by ethics. The simplest example of that was Lavasoft.
Re: To be or not to be - let Google decide?
If you report obvious spam that claims to be from HMRC, you don’t expect Her Maj to get onto the naughty list, do you?
.. except that Googly email CAN indeed come from HMRC in one of the most astonishingly stupid decisions ever (admittedly amongst many, but let's stay on topic for once):
$ dig +short mx digital.hmrc.gov.uk
Sadly, this is really not a joke - feel free to try yourself. It appears UK government "innovation" equals "let's hand uncontrolled entities very personal data on our citizens and see if they can do something we can then brag about". After all, it sort of worked for the NHS..
Re: He's keeping on playing the "Good Boy with a Big Dream who makes little mistakes on the way"
I'm going to upvote you for sheer sarcasm alone :)
But isn't it "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" ?
Apparently it depends on your aim ..
NASA, no concept of archiving. Should we be worried?
It's in the name, really. Not A Software Archive :)
Re: yet ANOTHER reason
to stick with windows 7!!!
Way ahead of you. I'm keeping my boss on Windows ME "for security reasons"
Re: Oh dear
The BOFH, the PFY and the Boss working together. This can only end in tragedy. I wonder who for?
Yes, it's a shame that all desktops have cameras now, and that the ironic accident just happened to be in sight of at least 3 separate ones.
Why else do you think they want those USB sticks?
Not so fast. As I said earlier elsewhere:
1 - the fact that he had the rights to delete accounts suggests he was in the enforcement team
2 - there is nobody on the planet other than the utterly deluded who can consider Trump's account to have been operated within the bounds of the rules Twitter set themselves, so the guy was actually still doing his job.
I wish them luck in court with that one. If they try that, you will be looking at the faster crowdsourced defence fund ever established - and worse, it could dump their share price..
Re: Fake news
If a single Twitter employee, just one, can delete the account of a public figure with 41M followers with no checks and balances...
Someone like Trump has the visibility to get his account restored. What about a Twitter employee that deletes your account because he doesn't like your position on Star Trek vs. Star Wars?
1 - if he has those rights, he was probably part of the policy enforcement team
2 - I don't even think they can do something to that employee in court, because all he did was his job - Trump's account has been WAY over the bar they have set themselves from even before he became President..
Seems like something at Twitter is clearly broken and needs to be fixed.
The very concept of Twitter is broken as it allows broadcasting of all sorts of trash to a mass audience. That's why the Senate started talking about broadcast licenses for Twitter, Google and Facebook..
LOL. I wish I had more upvotes..
Re: And let us not forget...
Be different and confuse both. Use a side door.
Re: What could possibly go wrong?
A kind of DMZ for your home if you like
I think that's presently called "a nearby Amazon delivery point", which works quite well..
Re: What could possibly go RIGHT?
I think listing what could go wrong would fill a book of its own (probably never to be sold through Amazon), so let's see what is right with this idea.
No, can't think of anything. Anyone?
Re: El Reg should install this tool
I block ads because safety, but I would gladly give you processing time.
Actually, that a good point. It's better than ads because users are not sucked dry for personal information and (and I guess this is the major objections from the big boys) there's no middle man to rip off a large percentage of your earnings. Even better, it's basically a click-through from everyone because it works when you're there without the need to lure eyeballs into clicking anything with any sort of deception.
You would still need to make it's the user's decision with a "do not bitcoin" sort of cookie approach, but it strikes me as a far more honest and straightforward approach. Provided, of course, we can trust the code - I see that as the main challenge.
If El Reg would do this I'd be happy to make sure that would be left unblocked.
Re: Much a do
Nope those are not the rules. The rules simply say you have to have specific permission up front
It's a tad more sophisticated than that, but unfortunately vague enough to leave some margin for "errors" in interpretation.
You will always have to seek explicit permission (i.e. not buried in associated terms), but you may pre-tick the box if what you are gathering is not deemed "sensitive" such as contact details, i.e. a default opt-in posture is allowed.
However, when you go into details classed as "sensitive" such as health, you are no longer allowed to default to opt-in, the opt-in must be explicit too. The vagueness lies in "sensitive" because that depends on who you are, and your definition of where the "sensitive" boundary lies is likely to differ from any "gimme all your data so I can lose it" commercial recipient..
Re: Much a do
Look for "Diagnostics Tracking Service" or "DiagTrack" or "Connected User Experiences and Telemetry", Stop the service, Set startup type to disabled
Or, Registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\DiagTrack\Start = 4
Or in Powershell: stop-service diagtrack, set-service diagtrack -startuptype disabled
If you consider that "simple" and achievable for the average end user, I have a well known story fragment for you:
“But the plans were on display…”
“On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them.”
“That’s the display department.”
“With a flashlight.”
“Ah, well, the lights had probably gone.”
“So had the stairs.”
“But look, you found the notice, didn’t you?”
“Yes,” said Arthur, “yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying ‘Beware of the Leopard.”
Actually, I think he is right
I agree with him that backdoored crypto is essential in the modern word - for government use.
Any nation with politicians that dare to use the word "democracy" when referring to their activities should mandate backdoored crypto with keys that become public after a set period, say 2 years for regular operations and 20 years for whatever is deemed National Security so we can finally have the kind of transparency that establishes accountability.
For alleged democratic governments, there should not even be another option. For citizens, not so much.
Here's to preserving a VERY important part of history.
Re: she said the government needs to get people who "understand the necessary hashtags"
Upvote for sarcasm :)
Re: PGP crypto keys..
I'm wondering what laptop to take next time I travel..probably a brand new one with no useful/usual software installed as it its all 'used by criminals' (github, gpg, ssh, bitcoin, Tor, vpnc, )
At the rate this is going I'd recommend an etch-a-sketch.
Re: Turn off GPS on the phone.
Can't speak for Android, but killing GPS data for images has been around for a *long* time in iOS. I still have a 3GS here with iOS 6.1.6 which already contained that switch (just checked :) ).
Re: This is why
Perhaps ones made of metal, with extra-sharp ends. A proper educational toy!
Funny how things develop here. We started with Playmobil, passed Lego and have finally arrived at caltrops for kids :)
I think it's really amazing that our government is so caring and considerate that it tries to protect me by wanting to know everyone I have contact with, when I contact them and for how long
.. whereas us asking for the same transparency from our government (where it is actually warranted until they stop pretending it's a democracy) is deemed almost subversive..
It is "holy crap", but from a different department - the "find excuses for a write-off/declare losses" department.
That's exactly what I thought. To borrow a line from the former New Labour press staff, it was clearly a good time for bad news.
Re: I don't know about you...
Call me old fashioned, but I still like my on/off switches to exhibit pure binary behaviour. There are usually good reasons why I switch things off.
Slaughtering the golden goose as usual
And so, the goose that laid the golden eggs was finally slaughtered.
We only got to the scale we have today because the Net was open and accessible to all. Creating a DRM layer will mean that there now will be three Nets rather than two: a Darknet, the Net as we know it and the corporate DRM-protected version where the stench of decay is already wafting from before it's even built.
The next step is self-evident: prioritisation of DRM content. Bye bye Net neutrality.
You better try this link: https://www.hk.onkyo.com/en/Product/GRANBEAT_DP-CMX1/index.html - may be easier for most people as it's in English :).
You wish, but your limerick still made a nice start to the week, thanks :)
Re: I was thinking of madder things
I'm not sure how good that would be, cost wise:
Good point. It might be cheaper to bribe someone, or use the $5 socket wrench approach..
Re: integrating the thermostat to home security
Nothing worse than coming home and finding a burglar naked and frozen stiff to the wife's lingerie drawer
I should now better by now than to read El Reg while drinking something :)
Re: Well you cannot make this secure
Even harder than that... Your maths is out by a factor of 10! :-)
Duh, well spotted. Clearly I should never do any maths on Friday :).
Re: Well you cannot make this secure
So essentially every moderately advanced attacker can just read out the "security enclave" and emulate it to try out all the PINs.
Dammit. Apple just spend several man YEARS developing this stuff and you broke it already!
Or maybe not.
The PIN yields an access key to a storage container. THAT key is the full monty, 32 of 64 bit wide. The security enclave gives you up to 10 shots at a password that will convince it to cough up the access key, so that's a 1 in 100 chance for a 4 digit PIN, a 1 in 10000 change for the new 6 digit default and a 1 in <god knows> chance in the case of alphanumeric if a password is used and after that it's game over and you can entertain yourself trying out all the 32/64 bit wide keys and grow a grey beard whilst trying.
The only way you get in there faster is using the XKCD $5 wrench technique or take a film off the shiny case and see if any of the fingerprints match - there is no limit on the amount of tries for that and it can be faked using Tsutomu Matsumoto's (et al) gummy fingers approach. That's why I do NOT use fingerprint biometrics unless I know the reader is high resolution (IMHO the iPhone one is not), it is too easy to get hold of the required prints.
Re: ""For every CEO that drops out of the Mfg Council, I have many to take their place." -"
Was I the only person who saw the D his inauguration raise both arms and thought "Heil Hydra."
At the time, yes,, but I also had later flashbacks to Emperor Pirk in Star Wreck in the Pirkinning, with Bannon as a less competent but sartorially compatible Fukov..
I must get out more :).
Has he had a hand in this affair? [Trump]
With his size hands, that would not have had a noticeable impact.
Re: Genuine question
We have the biggest debt because we also have the biggest economy. We're the richest. It is as simple as that. We got it because institutions have determined that we're worth it. Those that can do.
It appears some people have a hard time spotting sarcasm :).